One of the most unforgettable and enchanting experiences you can have in India is camel riding. During your ride on a camel, you will go through the rippling, windswept desert on the camelback. Taking a camel safari will also allow you towitness the rustic, rural desert life of India. While the desert can be barren, it is also surprisingly well populated.
Camel Safari Ride in Bikaner
The most popular place for camel safaris in India is in the desert is Bikaner in Rajasthan. To have the best experience, it’s important to consider which location is most suitable for you. Most tourists head to the Sam duneswhich are unappealingly commercial and crowded these days.
Bikaner and Jaisalmer both in Rajasthan are the best options for a camel ride or camel safaris. Both cities have different features. We will be telling in this blog for Bikaner. The safaris generally focus on visiting the isolated desert villages.
Great camel safaris can be done at lesser-known Osian (As it is about an hour and a half north of Jodhpur on the way to Bikaner). You can stay at Reggie’s Camel Camp or Osian Sand Dunes Resort and Camp.
Temples at Osian are an added attraction to your trip. Manvar Desert Camp and Resort is an exclusive option in the desert at Khiyansariya (It is in between Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Bikaner).
Many camel safari companies will allow you to choose your route, so you can decide if you want to take the road less traveled or the more tourists track. Otherwise, you will most likely end in the proximity to lots of other tourists around Sam or Khuri in Jaisalmer.
If you do want to go on an offbeat sightseeing tour, Vedic Walks offers an overnight Desert Camel Safari and Camping Experience near Pushkar. It includes a safari through villages and a unique spiritual walking tour of the town. Dharma Camel Safari is another option in the Pushkar that gets good feedback.
ItI possible to go on a camel safari in the alpine desert in Ladakhmainly in the Nubra Valley from Hundar to Diskit. The camels on these trips are the double hump Bactrian variety.
Camel Safari Companies in Jaisalmer and Bikaner
Be sure to take care when booking your camel safari as this business is very competitive. It is a case of you get what you pay for it. Cheaper deals may seem appealing initiallybut you will find that the quality of food, bedding, and other necessities is very lower.
Be Cautious, you will find out exactly what the arrangements will besuch as whether dinner will be provided at a nearby village or a cook will make it for you over in an open fire in the desert.
Most hotels and backpacker hostels in Jaisalmer sell camel safaris. However, it is better to go with the specialist operators, so that you can be sure of what you are getting.
You can on websites that contain details of the various safari packages availableatthe best price. The safaris offered by the Shahi Palace, Hotel Pleasant Haveli, Wanderlust Hostel, and Tofu Hotel are also decent. Many off are the non-touristy options away from the crowds.
If heading to theKhuri, you can arrive by 4 p.m. and negotiate your camel safari directly with the camps there. On a standard evening safari, you will spend sunset in the dunes and return to the camp for dinner and a cultural programbefore leaving for Jaisalmer.
There are lesser options available for camel safaris in Bikaner. The oldest and most well-known operators are the Vino Desert Safari, Rao Bikaji Camel Safari, and Camel Man.
How much Duration of Camel Safaris
It is possible to go on a quick camel safari and return on the same day. Most people prefer to go deeper into the desert for a few days. Many choose the overnight option which is sensible as it can become monotonous. It consists of riding the camel into the desert, watching the sunset, having dinner, star gazing, waking up for sunrise, and then riding back.
Longer options up to 30 days are available for the hardcore enthusiasts! You can get an itinerary tailored to meet your needs.
How much it willcost?
The price of camel safaris varies according to the route, standard of food and comfort provided. In Jaisalmer, rates start from around 900 rupees per person for a reputable sunset camel ride into the dunes and cultural program.
You can expect to pay 1499 rupees upwards for a full-day camel safari package. Quality overnight camel safaris start from around 1,800 rupees per person. However, this can increase to 3,000 rupees for top-of-the-range camping facilities.